Hi, I’m Sassy, The Aphantasia Coach and founder of The Aphantasia Academy.
In 2015 I read a Facebook post which blew my mind!
The post was about a man who had woken up from an operation to find that he had completely lost the ability to visualise. It described how he could no longer create images in his minds eye or imagine the rich, moving, visual realms that he had been able to, before his operation.
At this point my first thought was "What?!? He could actually create images in his mind beforehand?"
Up to that point I had always thought that visualisation was just a concept.
With that one post, I discovered that I have a neurological condition called Aphantasia
Discovering that I have aphantasia was shocking, but as the shock wore off I realised that I was also sad, angry and more than a little confused.
Why had I never heard of this before?
Why is it that other people get to close their eyes see the faces of their loved ones whenever they want and I don't?
Why do other people get to visually re-live wonderful past events and I don't?
Confusion led to understanding as I started to realise why I had always struggled with coaching practices which centred around visualisation.
Why guided meditations frustated me and made me more stressed than I was when I started.
The more I researched aphantasia, the more things started to fall in to place. I discovered that I also have SDAM (Severely Deficient Autobiographical Memory) and that I am unable to access any of my internal senses.
With this new found understanding of aphantasia came the realisation that visualisation practices are so widely used in all types of coaching and other health, wellbeing and personal growth spaces.
I began to notice all of the barriers there had been to my own personal growth and why I started but often never finished coaching programmes. Why I would give up, thinking that I just didn't get it!
I realised that my inability to look backwards or 'see' my future was preventing me from being able to fully benefit from so many therapeutic and personal growth practices.
As a qualified coach, I know just how powerful these practices & techniques can be for those who can visualise and yet those results were blocked to me.
And if they were blocked to me, that meant that they must be blocked to other people with Aphantasia.
The Aphantasia Coach was born!
From that realisation came The Aphantasia Coach!
I have made it my mission to support my fellow Aphants to be able to achieve the same powerful transformations, without being able to visualise.
I use a blend of traditional coaching practices, positive psychology, energy balancing therapies and bespoke meditations all of which which I have adapted to suit those with Aphantasia.
A person-centred approach
To always have your best interests at heart. Your personal growth and wellbeing is at the centre of everything I do.
To continue to learn and grow so that I can deliver the most up to date methods and adapt to meet the needs of those with aphantasia.
An advocate for Aphants
To continue to raise awareness of aphantasia, and teach other professionals how to adapt to support their non-visualising clients.
I am passionate about creating a space for women to experience the transformative power of coaching, without the barriers and frustrations which come with traditional visualisation techniques.
Helping women to gain clarity and the confidence to step in to the life they've always wanted, but could never visualise.
Want to find out how I can help you?
Drop me a line and lets chat.
I am a professional Member of the EMCC (UK) and the Institute of Leadership & Management.
My qualifications include:
Level 5 Coaching & Mentoring Diploma
Diploma in Women's Health
I am currently studying for a Counselling qualification with a view to becoming a Board Certified Counsellor.